Sonora Dodd, of Washington, first had the idea of a "father's day." She thought of the idea for Father's Day while listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909.
Sonora wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart. Smart, who was a Civil War veteran, was widowed when his wife died while giving birth to their sixth child. Mr. Smart was left to raise the newborn and his other five children by himself on a rural farm in eastern Washington state.
After Sonora became an adult she realized the selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent. It was her father that made all the parental sacrifices and was, in the eyes of his daughter, a courageous, selfless, and loving man. Sonora's father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father's Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910.
President Calvin Coolidge, in 1924, supported the idea of a national Father's Day. Then in 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father's Day. President Richard Nixon signed the law which finally made it permanent in 1972.
QUOTES ABOUT DAD
"A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again." -- Enid Bagnold
"None of you can ever be proud enough of being the child of SUCH a Father who has not his equal in this world-so great, so good, so faultless. Try, all of you, to follow in his footsteps and don't be discouraged, for to be really in everything like him none of you, I am sure, will ever be. Try, therefore, to be like him in some points, and you will have acquired a great deal." -- Victoria, Queen of England
"That is the thankless position of the father in the family-the provider for all, and the enemy of all." -- J. August Strindberg
"It is a wise father that knows his own child." -- William Shakespeare
"One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters." -- English Proverb
"To be a successful father . . . there's one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don't look at it for the first two years." -- Ernest Hemingway
"I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection." -- Sigmund Freud
Mrs,John B Dodd,of Washington,first proposed the idea of a “father＇s day” in 1909,Mrs,Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father William,whose wife died while giving birth to their sixth child,Mr,Smart was left to raise the newborn;and his other five children by himself on a rural farm in eastern Washington state,It was after Mrs,Dodd became an adult that she realized the strength and selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent.
The first Father＇s Day was observed on June 19，1910 in Washington,And it was in 1966 that President Lyndon Johnson officially declared the 3rd Sunday of June as Father＇s Day.
Father＇s Day has become a day to not only honor your father,but all men who act as a father figure,Stepfathers,uncles,grandfathers,and adult male friends are all honored on Father＇s Day.